Some products should stay on television and out of kitchens
If there's one market that's saturated with countless metric tons of gadgets, gizmos and doodads, it's kitchen equipment. Rolling garlic slicers. Finger spoons. Occasionally, a winner or two elbows through the crowd of future yard sale fodder, like when a dedicated strawberry huller earned an endorsement from America's Test Kitchen toy tester Lisa McManus.
My personal favorites, if there can be such a thing in this category of paraphernalia, are the sweeping range of “as seen on TV” products.” Hours can easily be lost watching the commercials for them, and one can often find the products choking up shelf space of discount retailers like Walmart and Dollar General.
In the name of public service, and to perhaps uncover an unheralded gem, I've amassed a small collection of these contrivances, all of which fall in the $10 price range, for the purpose of exhaustive scrutinization.Egg & Omelet Wave
Zapping eggs in the microwave is fun. They poof up like a giant soufflé, then settle back down once the heat kicks off. The plastic clamshell of the Egg & Omelet Wave Microwave Omelet Cooker attempts to harness that phenomenon, allegedly alleviating the drudgery of preparing a basic breakfast item. I'm a fierce advocate of reading the manual. My basic philosophy on cooking is that if you are both literate and capable of following instructions, a good cookbook can turn you into an adequate maker of meals.
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